Pours black with a dark tan colored head. The head starts slow and quickly rises to form a thick tightly formed head with great retention. Thick lacing that sheets down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is on the weaker side, but I do notice some dark malts, milky chocolate, and a sweet molasses with a hint of alcohol.
The taste is big and bold. Starts with a sweet milk chocolate and works into a bitter coffee and dark roasted malts with a warmth from the alcohol. A bit of sweet molasses dances around different parts of the flavor with a hint of both citrus and earthy hops surfacing near the finish as well.
Big body with medium carbonation. Milky and smooth on the palate with a bitter dry finish and a warmth from the alcohol.
Overall, a very impressive beer. Bell's nails it with this beer! Smooth dark flavors that work perfectly with the warmth given off from the alcohol and makes this a rich bold beer that is perfect on a cold night. This is my kind of winter warmer! Try one!
Pours opaque with a half inch of tightly packed, small bubbled, brown foam. Retention is above average as it creeps back slowly. Lacing is thick but seeps back to level after a few seconds. Good legs.
Aroma is unfortunately not all that strong making it difficult to pick up what I did. Roasted scents are strong but a stiff alcohol presence is there too. Almost too strong. Molasses is there but the alcohol keep interrupting.
Taste is sweet at first with roasted malt building in the middle, transitioning in the finish to a bit of ash/burnt flavors. Late alcohol burn coats going down. Bitter in the finish but little to no hop flavor (citrus). A subdued tasting experience.
Light end of a big body with a tingle to the lips that I think is more attributed to the alcohol than carbonation. Dries the palate thoroughly as the ash lasts.
I think this beer needs to sit a while before it rounds into shape. As it is fresh the alcohol is a bit rough around the edges. Definitely looking forward to that aged bottle. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 22:51:18